Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Greensboro's First Ice Hockey Season

Here is a program (I bought it at a game) from the first year of hockey in Greensboro. It was the winter of 1959-60. I loved minor league hockey in Greensboro. The Greensboro Coliseum was so ahead of it's time, especially for the South. Can you imagine? That building was envisioned in the 1940s, and built in the late 50s. That required great vision and leadership.

We were in the Eastern Hockey League, with large, major northeastern cities. There were only 6 teams in the NHL. The talent in the EHL (predecessor to the ECHL) was superior. That's goalie Don "Soupie" Campbell, our first ever goalie, on the cover. Not only did players not wear helmets, goalies did not wear masks. It was a great time and great experience for a local kid.

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